Bohol Tourism: Coop Tourism Concept

Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri of Bukidnon province and tourism regional director Dawnie Roa have favorably endorsed the proposed Bohol Cooperative Tourism Enterprise, the brainchild of provincial board member Josephine Socorro C. Jumamoy.

Both Zubiri and Roa issued the statement separately in an ambush and exclusive interview after the closing program of the Cooperative Month 2008 celebration held at the Bohol Cultural Center on October 29, 2008 in this city wherein Senator Miguel Zubiri was the keynote speaker before the jam-packed crowd of cooperative organizations province-wide. Jumamoy chairs the Provincial Cooperative Development Council (PCDC).

Cooperativism and tourism do mix together in the pursuit development and welfare of the people, said Jumamoy, who chairs the cooperative committee of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Bohol.

The month of October, Jumamoy said, is declared as cooperative month by virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 493, series of 2003 by which all local government units are encouraged to initiate activities that redound to the benefit of the cooperatives.

Jumamoy said that PCDC has introduced the “Bohol Cooperative Tourism Enterprise” through strengthening and consolidating cooperatives in the province.

She said that Bohol cooperatives should seize the opportunity because the province of Bohol is now considered as the premier tourist destination in the country that continues to attract more and more tourists and visitors from around the globe.

Just recently, delegates and dignitaries attending the United Nations-World Tourism Organization summit in Cebu City breezed into the province to sight-see the natural wonders and heritage here.

Both (Zubiri and Roa) solidly threw support the idea of “Bohol Cooperative Tourism Enterprise,” (BCTE) saying that stakeholders, like tour guides and handicraft enterprises, may form a cooperative with the assistance of the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) to protect their interests and benefit from tourism industry.

Roa described BCTE as grass-root tourism approach by which rural folks will benefit from this if organized into cooperatives especially so that tourist arrivals are increasing in Central Visayas even on lean season. The BCTE could be a tool in creating more space to stay for visitors in rural areas since Bohol still insufficient of accommodating tourists, she added.

The senator appeared impressed by the “power of example and not the example of power” shown by the Boholanos in tourism industry to push for BCTE.

Among the speakers during the gathering include Mayor Dan Neri Lim, congressmen Edgar M. Chatto, Roberto C. Cajes and Adam Relson Jala and representatives of Gov. Erico Aumentado and Vice-Gov. Julius Caesar Herrera and other officials from CDA and agencies. (RVO) – Bohol Chronicle

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